Health Benefits Of Bananas During Pregnancy

 

A healthy diet is important in pregnancy. It’ll supply both the mother and the growing baby with essential nutrients. In this article, we'll discuss an everyday fruit, banana, and its benefits in pregnancy. Bananas are known for their sweet taste amidst their vast nutrient profile.

 

A highlighted benefit of bananas is their high content of soluble and insoluble fibre. They're a great addition for constipation in pregnancy. The sugar content in bananas makes them a great source of energy and natural sweetener in juices and smoothies.

 

 

Nutritional component of bananas

  • Sugars
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium 
  • Protein
  • Sugars
  • Fibre
  • Carbohydrates 
  • Sodium 
  • Fat

 

 

 

Health benefits of bananas

 

Eating bananas during pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy has various benefits. Some of these include:

 

  • Reduces nausea and morning sickness: During the first trimester, morning sickness and nausea are common symptoms that often lead to fatigue. Bananas are filled with vitamin B6 which is a potent anti-nausea agent present in most anti-nauseatic drugs. If you have mild morning sickness, add bananas to your diet.

 

  • Aids digestion: Bananas are high in fibre which helps with promoting bowel movement and preventing constipation. 

 

  • Helps to prevent heartburn: Heartburn is common in pregnancy. Bananas may help control the acidity levels in the stomach, which prevents heartburn.

 

  • Manages blood pressure levels: Bananas have a high level of potassium. Potassium is important in managing blood pressure levels in the body. Blood pressure fluctuates in pregnancy and eating bananas during pregnancy helps to stabilise blood pressure.

 

  • Rich in folic acid: Folic acid is a pregnant woman’s number one vitamin. Folic acid helps to prevent congenital anomalies in babies and prevent neural tube defects. It also plays a major role in the foetal circulatory system development.

 

 

Bananas are a great fruit to eat during pregnancy. Their rich vitamins and nutrients provide pregnant women with added support during their pregnancy journey. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

  1. Can pregnant women with gestational diabetes eat bananas?

Pregnant women with gestational diabetes should exercise moderation when eating bananas because they have a high sugar content.

 

  1. Can I eat bananas and milk?

If you're not lactose tolerant and don't have gestational diabetes, you can eat this. However, moderation is key.

 

  1. Can I add bananas to my oatmeal?

Yes! Oatmeal and slices of bananas are a great way to prevent constipation in pregnancy. Plus, it's delicious. 

 

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